The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon #7)
In terms of word craft, The Secret Servant did not disappoint. Silva has a command of the language that can, at its best, enthrall.
But by the time I got about halfway int...more
For any of you looking to learn more, and to read fantastic spy novel...more
Well, I'm glad I did. The story is well plotted, the characters, less stereotyped, and the atmosphere current and realistic. Gabriel Allon does very brave, almost unbelievable things but somehow, in the context of this story, they make sense.
It's the kind of book that is very difficult to put down....more
24 May 2011
The Secret Servant Book Report
Daniel Silva’s book The Secret Servant fallows an Israeli spy named Gabriel Allon. Gabriel Allon is a very conflicted spy. He has the soul of an art restorer but has been recruited by the Israeli government and turned in to a ruthless killer. Gabriel had just finished restoring a painting when he was called in to action. Gabriel begrudgingly agrees to help find the kidnapped daughter of an American ambassador. The ambassador’s...more
Gabriel Allon is better than Bond. More human, more emotional, also, in a committed relationship. No bond groupies!
He faces defeat, turmoil, negativity, jealousy...his is not a glamourous life. He is such an enjoyable character, a reluctant hero but a hero nonetheless--one who is d...more
However, in many ways the author seems to be writing an apologetic for Israel, depictin...more
This is not Silva's best book, but he has managed not to disappoint in the often-difficult task of developing his characters, "growing" them so to speak, as the series continues. I cannot wait for the next one!
But this one was not my favorite. Dialogue was annoyingly cliched. Why does Silva always make the super Jewish spy rescue some well bred shiksa? Also found him more dogmatic than ever before. Can't deny it was a page-turner! After this, need something more edifying.
Daniel Silva has created a complex and compellingly flawed hero in Gabriel Allon, who makes his seventh appearance in this edgy thriller (after The Messenger, **** Nov/Dec 2006). Though a few reviewers considered the plot somewhat formulaic, most praised the book's riveting action and edge-of-your-seat suspense. However, they reacted differently to the underlying political themes. While some critics applauded The Secret Servant as a serious exploration of the psychology of radical Islam masquera...more
Daniel Silva's "The Secret Servant" is the best "Book on Tape" that I have listened to in awhile. There have been times when I almost wish that my commute was longer or that we'd had some heavier traffic just so I could listen to more of the book each day!
Credit begins with Silva's novel - the pacing was fantastic. The mix between action and pauses, the characters & dialog, the overall plot were quite well done. I'll never know (no...more
I came across a review which said that the...more
As I say in most reviews here t...more
In "The Secret Servant", Gabriel Allon, the avenging angel of Israel's formidable secret service, is back to do battle again with the ever-rising tide of radical Islam terrorism. Sent to Amsterdam on a seemingly routine mission to clean up after an assassinated undercover agent, Allon unwittingly uncovers an Al Qaeda-like plot which leads him to London and Elizabeth Halton, the daughter...more
This book is very pro-Israeli (I mean the hero is from Israeli secret service, Mosad, I think), but it does present a balance view with very sympathetic and pro-Islamic characters.
There were some twists at the end, but overall, the ending was predictable in a very broad sense. Still, i...more
Master art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is on his way to Amsterdam to look through the archives of an Israeli asset that has been murdered. A routine assignment perhaps, but Allon soon discovers that the Islamic underground plots to commits acts...more
In the book, all the bad guys come from Egypt and we travel all over Europe with Gabriel Allon, the Israeli superman hero who does it all and surviv...more
Nesta história, Gabriel Allon irá salvar a filha do embaixador americano em Londres, que foi raptada por um grupo islâmico radical do Egipto. Após muitas peripécias, Gabriel e os companheiros dos serviços secretos israelitas conseguem salvar a refém e "repor a ordem no mundo".
A visão é de um autor americano, jornalista que esteve nos países do Médio Oriente muitos anos. Uma visão m...more
Daniel Silva’s weakness is a tendency to be didactic. That need to over-explain becomes problematic when it results in such gems as the “Zuiderkirk church”, which even spelled correctly translates as “South church church”, or “mackintosh raincoat”, which is a “raincoat raincoat”.
The history and politics...more